Ohio Wildlife Council approves Ohio’s 2019-20 hunting season changes

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Ohio Wildlife Council approves Ohio’s 2019-20 hunting season changes

As expected, the Ohio Wildlife Council last week approved Ohio’s 2019-20 hunting season dates and bag limits.

The main change came when the council approved an increase in the bag limit for walleye in Lake Erie and the Maumee River in March 2020.

Deer bag limits remain the same for all counties. The statewide bag limit remains at six deer, only one of which may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit.

Other highlights were:

  • Hunters can transport a white-tailed deer or wild turkey to a residence or temporary lodging without a tag being attached to the animal, if the permit is properly filled out and the hunter remains with the animal.
  • The name of the antlerless deer permit was changed to deer management permit.
  • Hunters who harvest a deer within a disease surveillance area (DSA) are required to deliver the head to an inspection station only during the seven-day gun season, rather than all firearm seasons.
  • Brant and pintail daily bag limits were reduced to one.
  • Youth hunting seasons are open to hunters age 17 or younger. This provides for more uniform and consistent regulations for all youth hunting seasons.
  • The walleye bag limit will increase from four fish to six fish daily from March 1 to April 30 in Lake Erie, excluding the Sandusky River, when Ohio’s total allowable catch exceeds three million fish. In the Sandusky River, the four fish daily bag limit remains in place.
  • Non-resident anglers under the age of 16 are exempted from obtaining a nonresident Lake Erie fishing permit.

Originally posted at Lima Ohio, on April 12, 2019

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